Did this Require an Apology?

I laughed when I heard this on Saturday because I knew NBC would quickly turn around and issue an apology for something that really didn’t require an apology.

Arlo White and Lee Dixon, two British guys, were calling the Arsenal vs. Chelsea game when they began to discuss the chain-smoking habits of Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. At this point, it was a wide open, 2-2 game, and Sarri’s team had just conceded two goals to allow Arsenal to pull level.

Cue Dixon:

“Many more games like this and he’ll be back on the fags again.” 

That’s British slang for “cigarettes,” i.e., the guy is gonna need a smoke after this game because it’s been highly stressful.

Here’s the clip. Volume button in the lower left corner:

Obviously the American version of the word is considered homophobic and offensive, but Dixon is a 54-year-old retired Englishman. The word means something completely different over there.

So NBC probably just could have pulled him aside after the broadcast and said something like this:

“Lee, hey, it’s (random NBC executive) here, no big deal, but just so you know, that word has a different meaning to an American audience. Just try to stay away from using that in the future. Thanks, no worries. Great job as always.”

Instead, they had White explain what happened and then Dixon apologized:

“…we used a British term for cigarette. It’s very familiar in the UK – sometimes these things are lost in translation. We meant absolutely no offense.”

Yep. That’s about it. Carry on.

Maybe NBC was just trying to get out in front of this thing before the PC hordes got a hold of it. But based on context and colloquialism, there’s nothing offensive about what he said.

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  • Vote Trump August 20, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Socialist liberals are trying their best to ruin this country.

    • Don Jr August 20, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      Hah! Jokes on the libtards, my dad already ruined this country.

  • Random social justice warrior with 7 cats August 20, 2018 at 10:03 am

    How dare you assume that these people identify as “guys.” I expect another post with you apologizing.

  • Kinker, August 20, 2018 at 10:15 am

    You’re a flaming cigarette.

  • Every Kid in Elementary School August 20, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Something something bundle of wooden sticks

  • JimmyCarville August 20, 2018 at 10:32 am

    It’s soccer..nobody fucking cares.

  • CYAAAA August 20, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Kevin you told us 2 weeks ago that inquiring about the age of a professional athlete, one that looks older than he is and is performing at a crazy level for his age, from an area where there has been rampant lying about age for multiple reasons is waaaay too offensive for 2018. But then put out this sham of an article acting like you’re not a soapbox sjw liberal lunatic. Get outta here. I came back to this site after a couple months off, gave it 2 weeks. Yup I am out for good again.

    • Kevin Kinkead August 20, 2018 at 11:55 am

      these are two completely different things, and if you can’t see that, they cyaaa

  • bc August 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Ahhh the mythical “PC Hordes”.

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